The August 2019 update of the super-popular Python extension for Visual Studio Code comes with an easy opt-in to the Insiders program (pre-release feature access), along with several tweaks, fixes and enhancements.
Microsoft is continuing its long deprecation of VBScript in its Internet Explorer 11 Web browser for security reasons.
Microsoft-centric Internet of Things (IoT) development was bolstered with the recent release of Azure IoT Edge Tooling and Azure Security Center for IoT, both of which are now generally available.
Microsoft is seeking to open up the "black box" of its Visual Studio feature request mechanism that can anger and frustrate developers who provide tooling feedback.
Microsoft Research is unveiling its latest AI initiative, one that aims to help "democratize AI" with a new open-source framework that will leverage blockchain technology.
- By John K. Waters
The much-requested semantic colorization -- colorization of tokens even when they are out of context, thus providing colorization beyond that of syntax -- may not sound like a big deal, but it was fairly complicated to enact.
Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 16.3 Preview 1, which is required for developers wanting to try out the new production-ready .NET Core 3.0 Preview 7, released yesterday.
Microsoft shipped Visual Studio for Mac 8.2, with support for C# 8.0 and .NET Core 3.0, the latter of which was just declared ready for production coding. Also released was Preview 1 of VS for Mac 8.3.
Microsoft shipped the seventh previews of Entity Framework Core 3.0 and Entity Framework 6.3, as the whole .NET Core 3.0 offering has become production-ready in its own Preview 7.
NET Core 3.0 is nearing the finish line, with the dev team transitioning from creating new features to just polishing the release while announcing a new production-ready preview 7.
Updated Python functionality heads a list of enhancements to Microsoft's Bot Framework SDK, facilitating conversational artificial intelligence development for a number of application channels, such as Skype, Teams, Slack and so on.
Microsoft's investment will turbocharge OpenAI's efforts toward artificial general intelligence (AGI) and drive development of next-generation solutions and platforms.
- By Michael Desmond
With .NET Core 3.0 becoming production-ready and transitioning from new features to a focus on stability and reliability in Preview 7, Microsoft has detailed a slew of new features for the ASP.NET and Blazor components.
The July update of the Java functionality for Visual Studio Code includes new refactoring capabilities, support for Semantic Selection (or Smart Selection) and more.
Microsoft's open source TypeScript programming language, fresh off cracking the top 10 in a popularity index for the first time, is out in a v3.6 beta that is feature complete, with the release candidate coming next.
Just a couple months after declaring TypeScript was "exploding" in relation to other programming languages, analyst firm RedMonk is out with a new ranking that shows it cracking the top 10, a rare event in the history of the index.
Microsoft is eyeing the Rust programming language as a safer replacement of C/C++ code after discovering the "astonishing" number of security problems caused by memory corruption bugs.
Cloud development giant Amazon Web Services has made a new toolkit for Visual Studio Code generally available, especially tuned to serverless (Lambda functions) development.
Microsoft's open source machine learning framework, ML.NET, has been updated to version 1.2, continuing to add features to help .NET developers use their familiar tools and languages to infuse ML functionality into their applications.
A Microsoft dev blog introduced Snppts, a new GitHub project that aims to aggregate community Xamarin UI constructs in one place.